Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County. The city is located 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles (56 km) north of downtown San Diego and is part of the San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Referred to as “The Village by the Sea” by locals, the city is a tourist destination.
For city planning and growth management purposes, Carlsbad is divided into four distinct quadrants.
- Northwest quadrant: The northwest quadrant of Carlsbad (ZIP code 92008) includes the downtown “Village,” the Barrio, and “Old Carlsbad.” It was the first part of Carlsbad to be settled; homes range from 1950s cottages and bungalows to elegant mansions on the hill overlooking the ocean.
- Northeast quadrant: This quadrant (ZIP code 92010) consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills.
- Southeast quadrant: The southeast quadrant (ZIP code 92009) features several newer master-planned communities set among rolling hillsides, golf courses, and open space. Residents here are served by the award-winning Carlsbad Unified School District. It includes the La Costa neighborhood, which in 1965 gave its name to the Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa, now known as the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.
- Southwest quadrant: This quadrant (ZIP code 92011) extends along the Pacific Ocean to the south of the center of Carlsbad. It includes the Aviara neighborhood.